11 Mar 2011

Simple metering

Amsterdam does not have a water shortage problem, so people read their meter once per year, send in the card, and then pay their bill. (Lying about your use -- understating the value -- doesn't work: The meter is confirmed when a house or apartment is sold.) Cheap and effective, the way the Dutch like it :)

Bottom Line: Water billing should reflect priorities -- e.g., saving water or saving effort -- for customers.

H/T to Anne, my lovely housemate girlfriend :)